BSc (Hons) Maritime Science with Cadetship programme


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School of Maritime Science

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Study Options:
Full Time

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Start Date:
Oct 2023

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Course Length:
3 Years

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Home: £9,250* per annum
International and EU: £12,500* per annum
*Additional fees will apply for your Cadetship, please contact us for more information.

(For 2023, international and EU fees will be the same as Home fees)

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5th December 2022 to 3rd July 2023

About this programme

The BSc (Hons) Maritime Science is an accelerated programme, meaning you can graduate with a degree and Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competency (OOW CoC) in just over 3 years (obtaining these qualifications in the UK typically takes a minimum of 4+ years). Our accelerated timeframe is possible thanks to our guaranteed sea time placements.
During the first semester of your programme you can select your preferred route of study:
i. BSc (Hons) Maritime Science with Deck Cadetship
ii. BSc (Hons) Maritime Science with Engineering Cadetship
iii. BSc (Hons) Maritime Science (graduate without an OOW CoC)
The University of Gibraltar offers the only degree and cadetship programme approved by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) in mainland Europe.
This unique programme provides the foundation and optimum training platform to start a rewarding career in the maritime industry.
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Choose your preferred route of study

You have until the end of your first semester to choose your preferred route of study. This gives you the opportunity to understand the maritime sector and decide which is your preferred option.

BSc (Hons) Maritime Science with Deck Cadetship

Throughout your degree, you will spend 12 months on placement at sea.
On successful completion of this route of study you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) qualification as well as a UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Deck Officer’s Certificate of Competency (STCW’95 II/1 OOW).

BSc (Hons) Maritime Science with Engineering Cadetship

Throughout your degree you will spend 9 months on placement at sea and 3 months on placement in a workshop.
On successful completion of this route of study you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) qualification as well as a UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Engineering Officer’s Certificate of Competency (STCW ’95 III/1 OOW).

BSc (Hons) Maritime Science

Throughout your degree you will spend 12 months on placement with shore side maritime entities (e.g. Port Operations, Ship Agency and Maritime administration).
On successful completion of this route of study you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) qualification.

The BSc (Hons) Maritime Science with Deck Cadetship programme specification can be found HERE. The BSc (Hons) Maritime Science with Engineering Cadetship programme specification can be found HERE. The BSc (Hons) Maritime Science programme specification is the same as the Deck Cadetship document, with the exclusion of seatime.

The maritime science course is helping me broaden my knowledge within this ever expanding industry, having no previous experience at sea I certainly feel that I’m in the right hands of an excellent team to succeed and accomplish my dream of career at sea.

Ivan Viñales, BSc (Hons) Maritime Science student

Career in Maritime

With over 80% of the volume of international trade in goods is carried by sea, maritime touches every part of our lives. Choose a degree, which will provide you with the skill set to help shape the future of the world we live in. Read below to see what career opportunities will likely be available to you, depending on your route of study.

BSc (Hons) Maritime Science with Deck Cadetship

Students who complete this degree would typically go on to become a Deck Officer. A Deck Officers’ responsibilities typically include passage planning, ensuring safe navigation, ship stability, communications, managing cargo operations and planned maintenance of the hull and deck equipment. Successful completion of further competencies leads up to Master Mariner qualifications and promotion to the Captain of the ship.

BSc (Hons) Maritime Science with Engineering Cadetship

Students who complete this degree would typically go on to become a Marine Engineering Officer. A Marine Engineering Officer is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the ship’s main propulsion machinery, auxiliary machinery, deck machinery, sewage systems, refrigeration systems, ventilation systems and all of the electrical facilities. Successful completion of further competencies leads up to qualifications and promotion to the Chief Engineer of the ship.

BSc (Hons) Maritime Science

On successful completion of this degree student would typically be able to secure an operational level executive position in one of the various facets of the shore side maritime operations like, Port Administrator, Compliance Officer, Ship Surveyor, Terminal Operator, Maritime Entrepreneur, Maritime Business Services Provider and Marine Human Resource Manager.

Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) Approval

The University of Gibraltar’s cadet programme has obtained Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) Approval with reduced sea time of 12 months.
Our BSc (Hons) Maritime Science with cadetship programmes have obtained MCA approval. This means that the qualification BSc Maritime Science has been approved as meeting the requirements of the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) Code (II/1 and II/2 – Deck and III/1 and III/2 – Engineering).
In addition, the University of Gibraltar has also been approved as an Examination Centre for MCA Safety (Deck) and Professional Exams Engineering, which are currently administered by the Scottish Quality Authority (SQA) and International Association of Maritime Institutions (IAMI).

Typical modules include:

A unique feature of this programme is that engineering and nautical students can work together through the programme’s joint modules. Typical joint modules include:
  • Navigation

  • Ship Design & Architecture

  • Bridge Management

  • Ship Handling & Voyage Planning

  • Engineering

  • Mechanics & Propulsion

Students are able to opt not to complete the final dissertation and /or the cadetship and exit with either a  BSc (Ordinary) degree or a BSc (Hons) degree at an earlier stage in their final year of their studies. Speak to a member of our team to find out more.

Guaranteed Cadetship Placements

The University of Gibraltar collaborates with the Gibraltar Port Authority and the Gibraltar Maritime Administration to arrange placements with reputable and well-regulated organisations. This ensures that our students benefit from guaranteed cadetship placements with major operators.

QAA Global Accreditation

The University is delighted to have achieved global accreditation from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), the UK’s independent quality body and a global leader in quality assurance for higher education.

“In achieving QAA’s global accreditation, the University has displayed its compatibility with international best practice.”

Vicki Scott, UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Chief Executive.

Entry Requirements

Typically, all applicants should have:

  • BCC at ‘A level’, (104 UCAS) or international equivalent.
  • Relevant industry experience is also beneficial but not required.

All applicants should have:

  • 5 GCSE’s A*– C (grade 4 or above post 2017) including English Language (min grade C or grade 4 ) and Mathematics (min grade B or grade 6 ) or international equivalent. Alternatively, evidence (i.e. accreditation/recognition) of relevant industry experience or prior Certificated and Experiential Learning.
  • Strong communications skills with the ability to communicate your ideas effectively in discussions, presentations and writing.
  • Basic IT skills, such as word-processing, email and Internet.

English language requirements:

An overall IELTS test result of 6.0, including a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-tests. Equivalent awards will be considered (e.g. Pearson’s Test of English, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, Duolingo English Test, City & Guilds International ESOL 8984, or the TOEFL- IBT test of English proficiency). If you do not meet our entry requirements, you can still apply as we will consider your application.

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Offers are based on a combination of qualifications or predicted grades, the applicant’s personal statement and references. For guidelines on personal statements and references please click here.

Access to Higher Education Programme

Should you not meet the entry requirements for our BSc (Hons) Maritime Science with Cadetship programme, our admissions team may recommend you complete the Access to Higher Education summer programme.
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Home £9,250*
International and EU £12,500* (For 2023, international and EU fees will be the same as Home fees)

*Additional costs: while most programme costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources such as Uniforms and PPE, or other optional extras may need to be paid for separately. Current costs associated with purchase of Uniforms and PPE are approximately £290.

*Final year project: As your final year includes a research project, there may be additional costs associated with your research activities (e.g. transport or accommodation). The amount will depend on the project you choose.

This programme will be run subject to minimum numbers being met. 

Note: the above fees are for the Academic year 2023/24 and are subject to indexation.


The University of Gibraltar hosts or directly offers a limited number of scholarship programmes to support your studies. These scholarships are highly competitive; they are available to support undergraduate, Master’s degree and PhD programmes and are made available to students based on certain criteria.

Am I eligible?


Applications open: Monday 5th December 2022
Applications close: Monday 3rd July 2023
*Applications for visa requiring students close: Monday 29th May 2023

All applications are reviewed on a monthly rolling basis. Once you submit your application, it will be reviewed at the beginning of the following month, with an interview being scheduled for later that same month.
E.g. any applications submitted during the month of December will be reviewed at the beginning of January, with interviews being scheduled later in January.


Please note that regardless of your decision to specialise in either Engineering or Nautical, candidates will be given the option to swap specialities after the first semester from Engineering to Nautical or vice versa.


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